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Walter Nature Reserve

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Located on Weistertown Road between Evans and Hilty Road

GPS: N 40 27.427
       W 079 37.059

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Property Description

This 28-acre reserve, shaped like a lady's shoe, parallels Weistertown Road for about a quarter mile about halfway between Evans and Hilty Road. The land slopes gently north to south with two shallow ravines and is 90% wooded. When first acquired, the reserve was surrounded by wooded property on all sides. These surrounding buffer zones, for the time being, make the Walter Reserve one of the wildest places in Murrysville. Although small, there are some unique features. Two small white pine plantations provide nesting and roosting habitat for hawks and owls. A small intermittent stream is flanked by a community of pawpaw trees, one of only two places they are known to grow in Murrysville. A small meadow at the pinnacle of the property is rich in summer and fall wildflowers and home to two uncommonly seen species in this region - rose pink (Sabatia augularis) and clammy cuphea (Cuphea petiolata). Not far from the meadow is a vernal pond. A nice stand of rue anemone borders the stream and among them are the only trout lilies found anywhere on the conservancy properties.
Development of this reserve has been restricted to a circle parking lot along Weistertown Road and a complete loop trail with several connecting trails. The majority of the reserve is in a middle stage of secondary succession with lots of blooming dogwood in the spring. The new Murrysville Community park is adjacent to this reserve (on the west).

Property History

One of the parcels of land referred to us by the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy was a 29 acre parcel that had been a part of farm owned by Patricia Walter's grandparents. Ms. Walter who lives in nearby Wilkins Township gave it to the Westmoreland Conservancy as a beneficial gift.


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